Sorellina: Sustainable Jewelry with Soul

By Laura Camerlengo

For sisters Kim and Nicole Carosella, fine jewelry is wearable art. The Long Island -natives developed their deep appreciation of the arts as children. “We were always encouraged to express ourselves through our creativity,” says Nicole. “Our playroom was an absolute mess filled with easels, watercolors and even a Barbie hair dying station.”

In 2011, the duo decided to translate their desire to create into a sustainable luxury jewelry line called Sorellina. “Vintage, chic, modern, sophisticated and bold,” are how the sisters describe Sorellina’s bold statement pieces, which are made using antique diamonds (cut prior to the 1940s) or new brilliants monitored under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (a process started in 2003 to prevent conflict diamonds from entering the diamond market).

In just two short years, Sorellina has already gained a strong following. The many style setters on their long lists of celebrity clients include Demi Moore, Florence Welch, and Nicole Richie, to name a few. As for their sources on inspiration, “Our designs don’t stem from one source of inspiration,” explains Kim. “Nicole has a highly active imagination, and her experiences shape many of our designs. When on a trip to Belize, Nicole dreamt of butterflies in cages, which inspired our Puccini collection.” Wearable art, indeed.

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